Beaning knocks Duffy out of game

Beaning knocks Duffy out of game

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Chris Duffy suffered a mild concussion Saturday after being hit in the head by a pitch from Boston right-hander Curt Schilling in the fourth inning.

Duffy did not fall to the ground after being struck by the pitch, which appeared to hit just above the right earflap of his batting helmet. He walked off the field under his own power.

After being examined for several minutes by the Pirates medical staff, Duffy was taken to nearby Manatee Memorial Hospital for a CT scan of his brain. Test results showed that had Duffy suffered a mild concussion. He is being listed as day-to-day.

Schilling, who was making his first Grapefruit League start, has made a conscious effort to throw more inside this season. He also hit a Minor League player in the head during his previous outing.

"I don't think Curt Schilling was out there to hurt people. Period," said Pirates manger Jim Tracy. "When you start hitting people in the head, you need to be very careful with that."

Schilling put the onus on Duffy to avoid the high and inside pitch.

"The bottom line is that the ball should not have hit him," said Schilling. "You've got to be able to get out of the way of that pitch. I threw a ball in and jammed him the pitch before. I threw in a couple of times during his first at-bat. That's just the way it goes. I'm not trying to hit anybody in the head. Everybody I have been on the field with knows I play the game the way it's supposed to be played."

Duffy batted .341 in 39 games with the Pirates as a rookie in 2005 before being sidelined for the final six weeks of the season by a left hamstring strain. Duffy was limited to DH duties during the first three games of the Grapefruit League schedule because of a lingering left shoulder problem, but he had returned to center field earlier this week.

"[Duffy is] obviously a fairly key guy for this ballclub as we get closer towards the end of Spring Training and into the season," said Tracy. "I was glad to see that he was still standing there. I was glad that when I got there I didn't see any swelling."

Ed Eagle is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.